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Comment: Re:Showroom; hardware warranty (Score 1) 166

by tepples (#47529667) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

Now you want a retail store, how about you do your own research?

How should I do research on the size relative to my hand, weight, screen look and feel, etc. without a store in which to do research?

So your problem are the manufacturers?

Correct, in part.

I agree, changing the OS on a computer (a smartphone is just that, a computer in a non-traditional format) should not void its warranty. Why exactly are you whining about Google again?

I'm whining about the possibility that Google might be coercing manufacturers into adding this warranty condition.

Comment: Places with only Verizon (Score 1) 166

by tepples (#47527611) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

Where you live is also a choice.

Not for everybody. For one thing, not until leaving high school, due to minors' inability to form contracts. For another, the people who grow the food that you eat tend to have fewer choices. Should farmers just up and stop growing food? Besides, it might cost tens of thousands of dollars to move, especially if your house is paid off. If moving were so easy, then replies to other comments expressing a similar notion might have been more sympathetic than they were: 1 2 3 4 5 And even if you do move, your new carrier might get bought by one with unacceptable policies.

I am betting you can't actually name an area where your claim holds true and there is cellphone service. If you can, go ahead and offer one up.

You can find several such areas among Google's results for "only verizon" signal or "only verizon" area or "only verizon" "where i live" or "only verizon works".

Comment: Re:Gömböc (Score 1) 50

by tepples (#47527287) Attached to: Empathy For Virtual Characters Studied With FMRI Brain Imaging

memorize plausible answers that cause your Voight-Kampff lie detector to display "inconclusive".

It's not the answers, it's the reaction that counts.

The same is true of anything else that behaves like a polygraph. A question with a memorized answer elicits a different reaction from an unexpected question. So if you start getting a bunch of memorized-answer reactions among the populace, you're going to have to rotate in different questions.

Comment: Showroom; hardware warranty (Score 1) 166

by tepples (#47527191) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

Xiaomi and Lenovo and Nokia off the top of my head

Where can I hold one of those phones in a showroom in northeast Indiana before I buy it, to gauge the look of its screen, the feel of its input, and its build quality? I don't think a lot of online sellers will like it if I buy a dozen phones, try them all, and then return the eleven that I decide not to keep.

flash CyanogenMod

If the headphone jack goes out a week later, I don't want the manufacturer to be able to use my installation of CyanogenMod against me.

Comment: Some Android games support the keyboard (Score 1) 78

by tepples (#47527157) Attached to: GOG.com Announces Linux Support

And using a bluetooth keyboard and USB mouse to play on your Android phone is a goofy idea. Who wants to do that? How many games in the android play market are set up that way?

I haven't done any sort of controlled sample, but I do know that the free version of Pixeline and the Jungle Treasure handles a lot better with a Bluetooth keyboard than with the virtual gamepad. It's almost as if it were made for phones with slider keyboards.

Comment: Metroid Prime Hunters (Score 2) 78

by tepples (#47527143) Attached to: GOG.com Announces Linux Support

But nobody would ever use a trackpad to play a game.

Games that use the mouse to point and click, such as any RTS, would translate more directly to touch input. I was referring to the control method that things like shmups and first-person shooters might use. For example, Metroid Prime Hunters and other first-person shooters for the Nintendo DS use the touch screen like a trackpad.

Comment: Gömböc (Score 2) 50

by tepples (#47523623) Attached to: Empathy For Virtual Characters Studied With FMRI Brain Imaging

A tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun beating its legs trying to turn itself over but it can't, not without your help, but you're not helping. Why is that?

Traffic law forbids me to stop my vehicle on the interstate highway. That and a tortoise's shell has a ridge down the middle to help it flip back over. With practice, it will manage.

You know, if you keep repeating the script for your empathy test in public, people are going to catch on and memorize plausible answers that cause your Voight-Kampff lie detector to display "inconclusive". An insect lands on my arm while I'm watching the local weather forecast? Flick it off. That's why real life psychological tests are kept under non-disclosure agreement.

Comment: Assets and third-party libraries are non-free (Score 4, Interesting) 78

by tepples (#47523477) Attached to: GOG.com Announces Linux Support

ID Software released (at one time) the source to older titles. Why can't GOG do/push for that too?

Even many companies that distribute their old games' programs as free software keep a tight leash on the "assets" (parts of the game other than the program). Case in point: Id Software cease-and-desisted Mozilla for making an Emscripten-powered JavaScript port of Doom available to the public. One reason that a publisher might decline to distribute an old program as free software is that doing so might encourage unlawful copying of the assets into games that compete with the publisher's own products.

Another reason is that third-party libraries often aren't free software. For example, the big three console makers are known for banning copylefted software on their platforms. The original source release of Doom was silent because Id Software had licensed a non-free audio library from a third party. (Source ports ended up replacing it with a shim around Allegro or SDL.) Id had to rewrite the Doom 3 engine to eliminate a patented "depth fail" shadow volume processing technique invented by William Bilodeau and Michael Songy of Creative Labs before its source could be released.

I'm not about to compromise my machine my running proprietary software on it.

Then how does it connect to the Internet? All cellular radios and many WLAN radios contain a microcontroller running non-free software. And how does it boot? Most commodity PCs ship with a proprietary implementation of EFI and not coreboot.

Comment: Re:I would switch to linux if the fonts (Score 2) 78

by tepples (#47523363) Attached to: GOG.com Announces Linux Support

Due diligence in case you're not trolling:

What looks inferior about fonts in modern X11? I haven't found any deficiencies in font rendering over the five and a half years that I've been using Ubuntu on my primary laptop. If it's the selection of fonts, then the same fonts you buy in Windows will work if you install them in GNU/Linux.

Comment: Virtual trackpad and USB or Bluetooth keyboard (Score 1) 78

by tepples (#47523345) Attached to: GOG.com Announces Linux Support
Mouse
A virtual trackpad at the corner of a touch screen replicates a laptop trackpad just fine. I know of at least one Android device (Archos 43 Internet Tablet) that uses the trackpad abstraction when docked to an external display. And if that's not good enough, Android supports USB mice through an OTG cable.
Keyboard
I agree that some games are best with a keyboard because a flat sheet of glass provides no tactile feedback to line up the thumb over on-screen controls. But that's why Android supports USB keyboards through an OTG cable, Bluetooth keyboards, and clip-on Bluetooth gaming keyboards (or "gamepads" as you might call them).

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